The 49ers have taken the term “cleaning house” to a level that would make an OCD housewife beam proudly. By the time Free Agency and the Draft have come and gone, the entire building will not have a clue who the person next to them is — including the ones handing out equipment and massaging their feet.
Next comes the slightly harder part — filling the house with better “furniture” than that which has been discarded. The Niners have dabbled at this game in each of the past two seasons (and fared quite poorly), so perhaps they’ve got the hang of it this time around.
Many fans seem to think so. They’ve bellied enthusiastically up to the bar of hope yet again. Ready to hurl their poison-tipped pom pom daggers at anyone who would raise a skeptical eyebrow. It’s possible Kyle Shanahan will turn out to be the next Bill Walsh, but it’s also as likely or more that he’ll turn out to be the next Norv Turner — good OC, not so good HC.
But, as John Madden so eloquently warned, it’s easier to replace a suit than a good HC. We may not know if Shanahan will be able to match Jim Harbaugh‘s knack for winning games, but the new suit(s) in the FO are clearly an upgrade over the departed Trent Baalke.
John Lynch may turn out to be another Matt Millen, but one thing he won’t be and that’s a brown-noser to owner Jed York. Baalke was nothing before he squeezed his way into York’s inner circle and he’ll likely be little at all now that he’s gone. But Lynch was successful before he came here and he’ll be successful if he should eventually leave. He doesn’t need York to define himself.
With $80 million in CAP space, and a new GM raring to prove his worth, we’ll at least have a busy FA period, with a lot of bodies moving hither and yon for our perusal. If we’re going to be bad, we can at least be entertaining while we’re at it. With Baalke, the offseason was always one long snooze fest. And who knows? We might even be good! Or at least get lucky once in awhile.